Kirby Smith (left) and Toddy Pitard (right) are two of the new members of the NCHA Executive Committee. • Photo courtesy of the NCHA.

NCHA Announces Executive Committee Election Results

The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) announces the results from the elections for the four open positions to fill the NCHA Executive Committee.  The following individuals were elected to serve a three-year term beginning in 2020:

Rock Hedlund – Region 2

Rock Hedlund hails from Wilton, California and has been an NCHA member for more than 40 years. An Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Rider, Hedlund posted his first check in 1983. 

According to Hedlund’s regional director application, he has served as an NCHA Director for 20 years. Hedlund’s goals include promoting weekend cuttings in Region 2, and sees a need for increased communication amongst regional directors and members.

Kirby Smith – Region 3

Kirby Smith, from Grand Island, Nebraska, has been an NCHA member for 20 years and competes in the non-pro division. With more than 10 years as a NCHA Director under his belt, Smith aims to support weekend cuttings across the U.S. and “Reduce rules and regulations that make producing weekend shows difficult.”

Smith’s priorities include supporting NCHA’s executive director Jay Winborn and giving back to the “base” of the NCHA, which Smith identifies as the weekend cutter. 

Toddy Pitard – Region 6

A NCHA member from 15 years, Toddy Pitard of Hot Springs, Arkansas, wants to prioritize NCHA member retention, identify new membership populations and update NCHA bylaws. A NCHA Director for three years, Pitard has competed in the non-pro and amateur divisions of NCHA. In his regional director application, Pitard expressed his passion for the NCHA, saying he had met some of his best friends through the association. 

Ernie Beutenmiller, Jr. – At Large

At large director Ernie Beutenmiller of Union, Missouri, has been involved in the cutting industry for at least five decades. Beutenmiller has served as NCHA Director, Executive Committee Member, President and Interim Executive Director. 

On his At-Large Director Application, Beutenmiller expressed his belief that the Executive Committee serves as a voice for members. He wants to produce affiliate programs that will increase regional membership.

In addition to voting for the Executive Committee members, the Area Directors passed in favor by the majority that the terms of the newly elected Vice President, Executive Committee members, and Regional Directors will all commence on June 2, 2020.  

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